Thinking of Buying an Old Home? Here are 13 Questions You Need to Ask Before Making an Offer

by Jennifer Farley

13 questions to ask yourself before making an offer on an old house.

The allure of an old home? Definitely the charm and character. Old homes were built to last, the materials are usually higher quality, and the handmade details just can't be found in new developer builds. My husband and I have more than ten years of professional and personal experience in renovating old homes. We are not experts, but we are professionals, and I would love to share a few things we have learned from renovating old homes.    

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How to Become an Extreme Coupon-er

by DIY Maven

Have you heard about TLC's, "Extreme Couponing?" If not, here's a thumbnail: Savvy shoppers use coupons and loyalty cards to save hundreds of dollars on a single trip to the grocery store. Sounds like a great idea at first blush, but becoming an extreme couponer can unbelievably time consuming, and then there's the possibility of crossing the line to becoming an all-out hoarder. (When you reach that point, there's always "Hoarders".) But I digress. If you'd like to become an extreme coupon-er, check out these tips from consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch. From getting started, to organization, to avoiding 'hoarderland', she has

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How to Be Thrifty: Living the Life of Leisure

by DIY Maven

created at: 06/18/2010

Because we've done such good work at being thrifty this week, we're going to treat ourselves today and par-tay! Living the life of leisure might sound like an expensive proposition, but Be Thrifty. How to Live Better for Less tells us how to do just that. From travel, to gift giving, to weddings(!), the book's 'living the life of leisure' chapter covers innumerable leisurely activities. Today we'll thumbnail just a few. Again, all tips are provided by Be Thrifty.

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How to Be Thrifty: Making a Case for the Brown-Bag Lunch

by DIY Maven

created at: 06/16/2010

So far in our Be Thrifty series, we've covered the 'buy it' test as well as the rewards of being a handy householder.  Today we start a discussion about the cost of food. Namely, lunch. 

Be Thrifty. How to Live Better With Less makes a compelling argument for those of us who have not yet made the decision to bring our lunches to work. You might think buying a sandwich and a drink doesn't cost THAT much, and comparing it to a meal out with the family, it doesn't. However, if we break it down, we can see just how much that quick lunch is really costing you.

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18 Ways a New (or Old) Homeowner Can Save Money

by DIY Maven

created at: 2009-08-11

 

Wether you're new to home ownership or not, there are some things you can do to save bucks. The cost-saving suggestions come to us from The Simple Dollar, and they're so good, I'm going to quote them directly. 

  1. Check the insulation in your attic - and install more if needed.
  2. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius).
  3. Toss a water heater blanket over that hot water heater as well.
  4. ...

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Homemade Household Recipes to Keep Money in Your Pocket During a Recession.

by Chris Gardner

Clamping down on spending during tough economic times often means letting go of some extras, particularly some pleasant, but technically unnecessary, personal care products. So Gomestic offers this solution: don't buy them at all. Make 'em.

With recipes from DIY facial astringent to playdough and houseplant fertilizer, you can continue to have the things that make your life a little more beautiful.

  • Facial Astringent
  • Facial Scrub
  • Laundry...

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10 Most Common Mistakes of DIY'ers.

by Chris Gardner

Trying something the first time is gonna lead to a few fluff ups. Here's a well assembled list of ten to keep in mind as you embrace a new project.

1. Failing to make a budget. 2. Overestimating their abilities.

 

3. Not having the right tools. 4. Failing to take proper safety precautions.

 

5. Failing to recognize the scope of a project. 6. Not having enough help. 7. Failing to read directions...

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How To Add Flavor to Your Water with Natural Add-Ins.

by Chris Gardner

Almost a year ago, I asked Curbliers for their favorite DIY Flavored water recipes. A few days ago, money-management blog Wise Bread offered eight recipes to give your water a little extra zing on the cheap.

1. Salt – Adds electrolytes per those fancy, sugared up sports drinks.

2. Ginger - If you like spices, ginger is a great way to add a "zing" to your water.

3. Citrus – Freeze citrus zest within ice cubes.

4. Herbs - Mint, lemongrass, and...

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How to Refill a Brita Water Filter and Save $$$.

by Chris Gardner

You're supposed to drink at least 64 oz of water a day. Charcoal filtration systems help make sure your hydration is clean and cold. Replacement filters for these systems cost anywhere from six to fifteen dollars, but can be refilled by hand for around fifty cents.

Materials:

  • Filtration catridge
  • Activated carbon
  • Polyethylene plug
  • Xacto knife
  • 1/2 drill bit and dril

Read the full Instructable here.

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